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Larry O'Brien
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3rd Commissioner of the NBA
In office
June 1, 1975 – February 1, 1984
Preceded by J. Walter Kennedy
Succeeded by David Stern
Chair of the Democratic National Committee
In office
March 5, 1970 – July 14, 1972
Preceded by Fred R. Harris
Succeeded by Jean Westwood
In office
August 30, 1968 – January 14, 1969
Preceded by John Moran Bailey
Succeeded by Fred R. Harris
57th United States Postmaster General
In office
November 3, 1965 – April 10, 1968
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Preceded by John A. Gronouski
Succeeded by W. Marvin Watson
Personal details
Lawrence Francis O'Brien Jr.

(1917-07-07)July 7, 1917
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died September 28, 1990(1990-09-28) (aged 73)
New York City, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Elva Brassard (m. 1945)
Children 1
Education Northeastern University (LLB)

Lawrence Francis O'Brien Jr. (July 7, 1917 – September 28, 1990) was an American politician and basketball commissioner. He was one of the United States Democratic Party's leading electoral strategists for more than two decades. He served as Postmaster General in the cabinet of President Lyndon Johnson and chair of the Democratic National Committee. He also served as commissioner of the National Basketball Association from 1975 to 1984. The NBA Championship Trophy is named after him.

O'Brien, son of Irish immigrants, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. When he was not working in politics, O'Brien managed his family's real estate and worked in public relations.

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